Children, the next generation of hackers
August 8, 2011 1 Comment
For the last 18 years hackers and computer security experts have gathered at Def Con in Las Vegas to share new ideas, technologies and programs designed to gain access to secure computer systems.
This year the Def Con convention added a program targeting a new generation of hacker, children.
Ranging in age from 8 to 16 wannabe hackers got to participate in this year’s Def Con convention with discussions and tutorials aimed just for them. As many as 60 kids participated in the convention as they met hackers, Homeland Security and NSA security experts. They listened to talks on the history of hacking, and cryptography. The children were encouraged to find security vulnerabilities in popular technologies, such as video games and computer hardware.
Some of the children competed in a lock-picking competition. Competitors had to pick a lock similar to the ones fond on school lockers.
Parents were required to accompany their children to the convention. A rule most parents were fine with especially since they were longtime Def Con attendees and planning on participating anyway.
- Hacker convention adds junior event (geeksaresexy.net)
- DEF CON trains 8-year-olds in hacking (cnn.com)